Unlocking the iPhone 5

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  1. Textureboy, Sep 23, 2012
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    Hey guys I've never owned an iPhone before, and I'm just wondering how hard is is to unlock it? I'm planning on getting an iPhone that's locked. (to Bell)

    Has anyone ever unlocked an iPhone if so how much has it cost?



    Also how does unlocking work for iPhones? I heard jailbreaking unlocks the phone too don't know if that is true or not.

    Once phone is unlocked there will be nothing to trigger it to lock again right?
    I'm afraid of factory resetting the phone and then it'll lock the phone again.
     
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    You need to give us some more details!

    Your Twitter account suggests that you live in Toronto, but that's not immediately obvious from your post.

    Which carrier are you planning to buy an iPhone from?

    In some countries, unlocking an iPhone costs nothing and is an easy process. In others it's expensive or impossible.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Haha sorry I thought it'd be a general question!

    I'm planning on getting it from Bell. ( Canadian Carrier)

    Where are you from and how much would it generally cost there?
     
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    Bell and Virginmobile do not unlock iphones even after your contract is finished.

    I suggest u get from Rogers, Fido, Telus, Koodo can all unlock iphones when your contract is done
     
  5. macrumors 601

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    Well there's your answer!

    It's important to know where you are and which carrier you're choosing.

    Over here (UK) all of the carriers will unlock a phone in-contract - most of them do it for free.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    If Bell does not unlock phones, does it mean it cannot be unlocked after?

    I never read about Koodo's till now have you ever had it before if so what do you think about it?

    Could I buy a locked Roger's phone and bring it to them for an unlock as well?
     
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    Not quite, only O2 contract is free (£20 PAYG), 3 charge £15.32, Vodafone charge £15.32 contract/ £20 PAYG, T-Mobile charge £15 and Orange charge £20.

    But least they will unlock them.
     
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    Why don't you just buy an unlocked one from Apple.ca? Cancelling the contract + $50 to unlock is going to be more costly... Let me know if you need help.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm getting a deal from someone that is why.


    Is $50 the general price in Toronto? I wouldn't mind paying for that price to unlock.

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    Also how does unlocking work for iPhones? I heard jailbreaking unlocks the phone too don't know if that is true or not.


    Once phone is unlocked there will be nothing to trigger it to lock again right?
    I'm afraid of factory resetting the phone and then it'll lock the phone again.
     
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    Jailbreaking does not unlock the phone.

    The phone is unlocked remotely by Apple and transmitted to the phone through iTunes.

    Once unlocked, it is permanent and resetting the phone has no affect on lock status.
     
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    In the jb world, there hasn't been a software unlock available since the first few months of the 4. Also, the software unlock isn't permanent. You have to be well read on keeping your unlock because it's easy to lose with an update.
    You want an imei unlock, because it doesn't go away.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you so much! The same will happen with updating correct? Won't affect the unlock status?
     
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    Nope, once unlocked by Apple it will always be unlocked.
     

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